Richard Anthony Melgar, a 37-year-old white man, was killed Monday, July 24, in the 12200 block of Horley Avenue in Downey, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
At about 5:30 p.m., Downey police responded to call from a woman who found her boyfriend dead in her backyard, according to a news release. Within minutes, officers arrived at a residential property with a front and back house. In the backyard between the houses, Melgar was found with multiple stab and gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead at 5:49 p.m., according to coroner’s records.
In a subsequent investigation, detectives discovered that the girlfriend’s sister lived in the back house with her own boyfriend, the release said. Robert Joseph Benitez Jr., 31. Based on evidence at the scene, police said they believe Benitez was responsible for the killing.
Benitez was arrested later ...
Maria Magdalena Figueroa, a 39-year-old Latina, was fatally stabbed Wednesday, May 24, in the 8300 block of Florence Avenue in Downey, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Downey police responded at about 1:30 p.m. to a call about a woman stabbed in the area, according to Sgt. Tim Lau. Officers found Figueroa, from Maywood, suffering from several knife wounds, Lau said.
Figueroa was transported to a local hospital where she died at 1:55 p.m., according to coroner’s records.
Witnesses at the scene told detectives that Figueroa was stabbed by her ex-boyfriend, Anthony Jesus Ramirez, 39, who fled the scene and was involved in a traffic collision nearby, according to Lau. Officers arrested him at the accident scene.
On May 26, prosecutors charged Ramirez with murder and assault with a deadly weapon.
Ramirez was convicted in 2011 of shooting at ...